Wifi antenna snapped off during mobo repair
Although the tips i got here were exactly what i needed, i didnt manage to repare the MBP this way. It was nearly impossible to remove the ring that was stuck to the antenna and there were few repair shops with the equipment i needed to repair this.
Additionally, this laptop was not mine, but from my boss. She will give this laptop (which had other damage that i repaired) to her daughter, who will enjoy it a lot, but will have to use a USB WIFI dongle.
Thank you for all your tips!
During the teardown of this macbook pro i snapped of one of the 2 wifi antenna connectors on the logicboard. (Red is still working, blue snapped off, i color coded the mini cable with its corresponding place on the logic board) (see attached photo)
‘front’ view of the cable. There is still a piece ‘inside’ the mini cable that should normally be on the motherboard
how the motherboard is looking right now
side view, but unfortunately its very hard to capture that there is something still attached to the mini cable
I can get replacement HMF4 antenna cables, but since i snapped of the part with which it connects to the mobo, i dont feel this will accomplish anything.
Since the connector is still visible, i feel like this should be an easy fix, but is it possible to repair this? Should remove the pin from the antenna cable and resolder it back on? or is this device with this mobo now doomed and should i get a dongle for wifi?
Please let me know your thoughts. I am especially curious as to what data lines you think are going into the board (is it just the piece in the middle that is connected to the mobo, or are there connections aside from the pin in the middle that will also need to stay connected to the mobo?)
Weirdly enough, i can still connect to my wifi (when i leave both unplugged) but i cant load web pages.
If anything is unclear, please let me know!